About 100 gallons of water is used by a single household every day, so saving water is one of the easiest and yet most important steps to becoming eco friendly. Not only is it cost-effective, but also helps conserve water for the millions of people, animals, and vegetation that don’t have access to consumable water. Here are just a few of the top tips on how to save water at home.
Remember to turn off the tap
We tend to often leave the tap on when we’re washing the dishes, brushing our teeth, or even if we need to grab something that we can use by the sink. This is probably one of the biggest causes of water being wasted at homes. As the tap keeps running, liters of water are just washed away every day; does that seem a logical thing to do? Of course not! So take out an extra two seconds of your life and turn the tap off when you’re not using it, it won’t hurt you.
Check your toilet for leaks
Another cool tip on how to save water at home is to check your toilet for any leaks. Every so often, toilets start leaking water and we don’t really notice it; obviously, no one really stares at the toilet while it’s refilling! A reason why we don’t really notice the toilet leaking is that the water doesn’t actually leak, but overflows. It’s very common that the flapper valve in the water reservoir of the toilet malfunctions after some time of usage and doesn’t properly shut the water supply when the tank fills, causing water to overflow into the bowl and down the drain. Replacing the valve is quite simple and can be done yourself. It’s a great way to save gallons of water from being wasted and prevents limescale too.
Use less water in the bathroom
Apart from checking the water in the toilet, reducing the use of water in the bathroom overall is generally a good way to save water at home. Avoid using conventional toilet paper though, as toilet paper once used is non-recyclable. Instead, try to use environmentally friendly alternatives to toilet paper; they help reduce the amount of water used the same way as conventional paper, but have a much lower carbon footprint and help save trees as well!
Capturing rainwater is another great tip if you want to learn how to save water at home. Rainwater is fresh, distilled water that often gets drained into the gutters. However, if you collect that rainwater in a large can, it can help potentially save gallons of water that can be used for watering your plants. To capture rainwater, you will need a large barrel or a can and place it under the drainpipe of your roof. As water accumulates, you can start using it right away or save it for later. Mosquitos love rainwater, so always make sure your barrel or can is properly covered.
Check your faucets for leaks
Perhaps the most obvious way to save water is to have all your taps checked for any leaks. You may check the faucets manually for any leakages, which shouldn’t take you any more than a few minutes. However, if you want a more thorough check for leakages, you can always call a professional plumber to inspect the area for you. Although calling a plumber for faucet leaks may be quite expensive and not worth it, if you do find any leakage, it’s best to call a professional to have it fixed instead of trying to do it yourself.
Store water bottles in the refrigerator
It’s always best to store water bottles in the refrigerator instead of turning on the tap and waiting for the water to cool down. Although this does not take long, it still wastes water that can be used elsewhere. Water bottles in the refrigerator will also be much cooler than your average tap water, and who doesn’t love cold drinking water? However, try not to use any plastic bottles to store water, and if you must use plastic, go for the ones made from either biodegradable plastic or bioplastic; both have the look and feel of plastic bottles but are biodegradable and recyclable, therefore have a much smaller carbon footprint.
Water your plants by hand
Instead of using a garden hose or a sprinkler, start using a watering can to manually water your plants. A garden hose can be very inefficient, often splurging out more water than the plants even need, and with such high pressure that it can potentially kill the delicate ones. In contrast, a watering can will efficiently water the plants with you being in complete control of the amount of water being sprinkled. If you are storing rainwater, you could use that for your watering can. Manual watering will help save water and aid the proper growth of your plants.
Shorten your shower time
If you’re a person who loves to shower in hot water for long periods of time, chances are you probably won’t like this one. If you want to save water in your house, then you need to lower the amount of time you spend in the shower. An average person does not need more than five minutes to complete a proper shower. However, many of us “bathroom singers” love to do impressions of Elvis under the running water, and would probably not feel like we’ve taken a proper shower in just five minutes. Trust me, it’s possible… If you want to force yourself to take a quick shower instead of a long one, use cold water; you’ll be in and out in no time!
Always fully load your dishwasher
Never use the dishwasher for just a few dishes; it not only wastes time but also gallons of water. If you have a few dishes, you’re better off hand-washing them yourself in the sink (remember to turn off the faucet when you’re applying the soap!). However, if you have a large number of dishes, then a dishwasher is the right choice to make. It will help save water and time as well. Remember to scrape your dishes but don’t rinse before you put them in a dishwasher; you’re just wasting water that way because they’ll get rinsed in the washer anyway.